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Bicycle Accidents & Reckless Drivers

Bicycle Accidents & Reckless Drivers

Washington, DC Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Although some bicycle accidents are the fault of the cyclist, studies estimate that over 90% are caused by reckless motorists. Reckless drivers are usually either not paying attention, or do not give bicycles the respect and safe distance they need.

Sharing the road is the law. When a car fails to yield the right-of-way to a bicycle, the driver should be held responsible for any serious injuries that occur.

Types of Reckless Driving

Some of the most common types of reckless driving include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Driving under the influence
  • Speeding
  • Failure to yield
  • Illegal turns
  • Running a stop sign or a red light

In each of these situations, a bicycle accident could have been prevented if the driver had been exercising reasonable care. Even when a person is drunk, they still make the decision to get behind the wheel of their vehicle instead of finding a ride home. There is no excuse for negligence, especially when it can so easily lead to the injury or death of another.

Bicycle Accidents and the Law

Bicycle accidents tend to be a bit more complex than the average car accident case, simply because the right-of-way – and who was violating it – is so often in question. Insurance companies may refuse to compensate bicycle accident victims by trying to pin a portion (or all) of the blame on the cyclist.

If you have been seriously injured in a bicycle-car accident caused by a reckless driver, our experienced Washington, DC personal injury lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. can help.

We can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that the facts of your case are accurately represented. We will fight tirelessly to help you obtain the fullest measure of compensation that you are entitled to.

If you would like more information about your case, your rights,
and how our firm may be able to help, call
(202) 644-8303 for a FREE consultation.